- Baltimore City Solicitor George Nilson has negotiated a land deal for the first slots parlor in the city. Sun columnist Jay Hancock blames the BDC for apparently making a mistake that necessitated the deal in the first place.
- Horse-neglecting lawyer Hilton Silver doesn't have to pay rescue costs for two horses he used to own since he was never convicted of animal cruelty against them, only against a third horse that had to be euthanized. Still, there's this quote from prosecutor Adam Lippe: "Bad things happen to mean people."
- The Daily Record's weekly round-up links to our own John Bratt writing about how he wiped the floor with a defense expert at deposition.
- TDR tells Frank Conaway to get his office in order. HT: Baltimore Crime.
- Not quite Maryland, but the "I couldn't have been driving drunk because I was in the backseat receiving oral sex" personal injury lawsuit has wrapped up, with the plaintiff getting a $22,000 award from the guy with the sex excuse. Another defendant, who, despite what the sex guy claimed, does not even appear to have been in the car when it crashed, slept through parts of the trial. Had I been his attorney, I would have...I don't know...woken him up.
- Practicing family law can be dangerous.
- Dead guy gets arrested (Washington Post)
- State Farm Demands Damages for Bumper Damage Caused When Dog Is Hit (Baltimore Injury Lawyer Blog from Overlawyered)
- Hooters Sued for Weight Discrimination(Overlawyered again)
- Justice Scalia thinks it is not a bad idea to have a Supreme Court nominee that has never been a judge.
The Washington Post has an article on noted Supreme Court blogger Tom Goldstein, the founder of SCOTUS. The article says that "One measure of Goldstein's commitment to Scotusblog, which accepts no advertising: He keeps it afloat with up to $100,000 a year from his own pocket."
I enjoy blogging but if I had to pay $100,000 out of my pocket to do it, these chats would come to abrupt end.
A Philadelphia juror’s Facebook post that gave a heads up to his friends about a verdict in a criminal case has caused more consternation among lawyers over whether judges need to clarify jury instructions about online communications.
A juror's Facebook post before the verdict gave his Facebook friends a heads-up that his five months of jury service in a big trial was almost over: "Stay tuned for a big announcement on Monday everyone!"
My opinion: I don't think there is any way to stop this. Jurors know they should not communicate with anyone about the case. A small minority are going to ignore these instructions. It is what it is.
I was on vacation last week which accounts for the lack of posts to the Maryland Lawyer Blog. I planned on blogging while on vacation, a plan that died about five minutes after arriving at the beach. Expect the Maryland Lawyer Blog to be back and posting this week.
In the meantime, if you are looking for some local Maryland blog material, check out the new Baltimore Injury Lawyer Blog, written by another Miller & Zois lawyer John Bratt. This blog offers a similar yet different perspective on personal injury cases in Maryland with a focus on Baltimore. The blog is not directed to accident and malpractice victims but instead offers advice and information to lawyers handling personal injury cases in Baltimore and throughout the country.
Trevor Rosen's Maryland Law Blog has a helpful post on researching legislative history in Maryland. Trevor is a researcher for the Baltimore law firm of Shapiro Sher Guinot & Sandler and his blog provides a lot of great information on Maryland legal developments.